In an effort to provide the best possible nutrition for their dogs and cats, pet guardians are increasingly feeding them vitamin and mineral supplements. According to the 2011-2012 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, the average US pet owner spends $95 each year on vitamins for their dog and $43 annually on cat vitamins.¹ What many of these well-meaning pet parents don’t know is that the majority of these supplements are chemically-synthesized and carry unwanted and potentially harmful ingredients. The safest source of nutrients for your pet is food, or supplements made from whole foods, not chemicals.
The man-made vitamins in most pet supplements contain processing aids and carriers, and many also contain chemical preservatives. Corn oil, starch,
sucrose, mineral oil, and gelatin are all used in processing synthetic vitamins. Examples of carriers used include corncobs and rice hulls. Sodium aluminum is a man-made, synthetic substance commonly used as an anti-caking agent. Many fat-soluble vitamins, such as A, D, E, and K, often contain the chemical preservative BHT. The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Vitamin D3, published by BASF which manufactures it (http://www.natureslogic.com/pdf/MSDS/D3.pdf) shows that the synthetic vitamin also contains sucrose, gelatin, starch, sodium aluminocilicate, and BHT.
Similarly, man-made mineral supplements bring with them heavy metal contaminants such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. These hidden ingredients are allowed in mineral supplements added to animal feed and pet foods. There are hundreds of examples and variations of these man-made mineral supplements, including sodium selenite, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, calcium carbonate, zinc oxide or zinc amino acid complex, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, iron oxide or iron proteinate, magnesium amino acid complex, potassium amino acid complex, and manganese amino acid complex. In an attempt to manage these contaminants, the AAFCO Official Publication has an entire chapter on “Contaminant Levels Permitted in Mineral Feed Ingredients: http://www.natureslogic.com/pdf/ContaminantLevels.pdf.
A Safer Way to Supplement
If you want to augment your pet’s diet, choose a pet supplement made from whole foods and 100% natural ingredients. Nature’s Logic makes our All Food Fortifier to supply a complete spectrum of all natural vitamins, minerals, essential fats, enzymes, and other trace elements. The nutrients come from 100% all natural sources, not chemistry labs. There are no man-made ingredients. All Food Fortifier is made from chicken, fish, eggs and cheese for protein. It also contains alfalfa, apples, carrots, spinach and other fruits and vegetables to provide vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other trace nutrients. For more information, including a complete list of ingredients, and more information, visit http://www.natureslogic.com/products/fortifier.html